I have stepped down as the SIG manager and program manager to join the STC Board as a director. It has been an honor to serve the P&P SIG membership and meet many of you in person at a Summit or virtually at one of our webinars. I am excited to begin a new chapter with STC, but sad to leave. I plan to continue participating in SIG activities and serving as the SIG’s Community Achievement Awards (CAA) manager.
As a result, there are some changes to the leadership team. You will see familiar names as well as two new volunteers: Nikita Kennard, P&P SIG Social Media manager, and Ben Durham, treasurer. A big thank you to the leadership team for adjusting their responsibilities and in some cases taking on new roles. I also would like to thank the leadership team members for their dedication to the SIG. It’s been a pleasure working with you!
Introducing the 2020 P&P SIG Leadership Team
Dawnell Claessen, P&P SIG Co-Manager
Many members already know Dawnell. She has been serving the SIG as a leadership mentor and continuity resource. Dawnell has accepted the co-manager position.
Dawnell Claessen is a Senior Member of STC and a longtime P&P SIG member and former SIG Manager. For more than 25 years, she has managed complex catalogs of policies and procedures developed for products, software, and systems developed and operated in highly regulated and secure environments.
For the last 10 years, this has been in the field of Risk Management.
Dawnell holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in Federal Information Policy and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
Andrew Habashi, Co-Manager and Website Manager
Andrew joined the SIG as Treasurer and Website manager this year. Andrew has accepted the position of co-manager. Fortunately, he has agreed to continue as our webmaster. Andrew has been busy upgrading our website. If you haven’t visited our site, please check out his recent posts.
Andrew works as a Technical Documentation Specialist for Ansys Inc. Ansys is a global public company based in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. It develops and markets multiphysics engineering simulation software for product design, testing, and operation.
Ben Durham, Treasurer
Ben has joined the P&P SIG leadership team as our treasurer. Welcome, Ben!
Ben has in-depth experience as a treasurer in the non-profit world and recently held a board position with the Independent Writers of Chicago. His background is in physics, robotics, and education.
Ben is a freelance writer/career changer who is transitioning from the field of teaching to technical writing. He lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter.
Rich Hellinga, Membership Manager
Rich has agreed to continue as our Membership Manager. Thank you, Rich!
Rich is returning for another year as the SIG’s Membership Manager. He is happy to be volunteering for the P&P SIG and working with the other SIG leaders.
He works for a utility company in Michigan, primarily on developing and maintaining policies and procedures that have to do with safety. He ran his first marathon last October (in Detroit) and hopes to run another one in 2020.
Louise Tincher, Communications Manager
Louise has agreed to continue as our Communications manager. Thank you, Louise!
Louise will continue to be responsible for the SIG mail lists and will collaborate with the SIG’s social media and website managers to engage members via the SIG’s virtual platforms. She is always looking for volunteers, whether for one-time contributions (posts) or ongoing maintenance.
Louise is Proposal Manager for UES, Inc., small a materials science research and development company. She handles responses to federal solicitations, grant applications and other in-house technical editing needs.
She is a senior STC member, current member of the Lone Writer SIG and former Southwestern Ohio chapter president.
Nikita Kennard, Social Media Manager
Nikita has volunteered to serve as the P&P SIG’s Social Media Manager and has made our LinkedIn group a vital source of information regarding the P&P SIG, STC, and tech comm. Join the P&P SIG’s LinkedIn group and the conversation here!
Nikita combines technical communication and business strategies. She has a passion for writing and editing. Nikita is also dedicated to business excellence and was recently awarded a certificate in Women's Entrepreneurship from Cornell University.
Tricia Spayer, GoToMeeting Technical Manager and leadership team member
Tricia has agreed to continue serving on the leadership team. Thank you, Tricia!
Tricia is currently President of the Northeast Ohio Chapter of STC, which is where she learned her GoToMeeting skills. The P&P SIG currently shares its GoToMeeting resources with the Northeast Ohio chapter, and hopes to inspire more collaboration between STC communities.
Tricia has been a Technical Writer/ Illustrator for Pressco Technology Inc. for almost 24 years, and works as a department of one. She is an STC Associate Fellow, a former Director-at-Large for STC, and former chair of the Community Achievement Awards Evaluation Committee (CAAEC), Community Affairs Committee (CAC), as well as the STC Summit Columbus, Ohio host committee.
Emily Kowal, Leadership team member
Emily has agreed to continue serving on the leadership team. Thank you, Emily!
Emily Kowal is the immediate past co-manager of the P&P SIG. She has been involved with the P&P SIG for a number of years and is a senior STC member.
Most recently, Emily was a policies and procedures manager with an international pharmacy retail chain. In her spare time, Emily enjoys reading, writing, and playing the viola and fiddle.